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Lower United Methodist Church
December 24th, 2021
Christmas Eve Service

"Lessons & Carols"
Pastor Yosub invites you to celebrate with us!
For Christmas Eve in-person worship, find us inside the church
this evening at 7:00 pm.

GREETING AND WELCOME *CALL TO WORSHIP
    Sing a new song to God, as we join with  the songs of old.
    Glory to God on the highest.
Sing with the heavenly angels, who rejoice with us on this holy night.
    Glory to God on the highest.
    Sing a new song to God, as we join with the songs of old.

*OPENING PRAYER
God of grace and God of glory, shine upon us as we reflect upon the shining light of your love. Reveal your presence here as we sing songs of the angelic chorus and hear words of prophets of old. Through your songs and stories, remind us of your Incarnate Love, born as a tiny child names Jesus. In the light of your glory and grace, we pray.  Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC


FIRST LESSON   -   Micah 5:2-4
2 “But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.


HYMN – UMH #234 O Come, All Ye Faithful
1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
2. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, lo, he shuns not the Virgin's womb; Son of the Father, begotten, not created; O come, let us adore him, 
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
3. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; O come, let us adore him, 
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
4. See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle, leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; we too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; O come, let us adore him, 
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

SECOND LESSON - Isaiah 11:6-9
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Hymn - UMH #217 Away in a Manger
1 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
2 The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes. I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky, and stay by my side until morning is nigh.
3 Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care, and take us to heaven to live with you there.

ADVENT WREATH                                 
We light the candles of Peace, Hope Joy and Trust as a sign of the light of the world that is coming into our darkness.  We light the light of Love as the sign of Christ’s presence among us, no matter how dark it may seem.  The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light.  Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth let there be Love.

SPECIAL MUSIC

THIRD LESSON - Luke 1:26-33

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 
27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 
28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

SPECIAL MUSIC

FOURTH LESSON - Matthew 1:18-22

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[ (which means “God with us”).

SPECIAL MUSIC      Mary Did You Know    Susan Thomas

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Holy God, we praise you for the peace and love you provide. We pray that all people might find healing, comfort, and joy. We pray for public officials, rulers, and leaders in the world. Give them wisdom, a will for the common good, and the courage to work for peace…
Shine upon them and give them peace.
We pray for all who work this night, those in hospitals and public service, those serving our country around the globe, those who work in shelters, hotels, and other places of hospitality…
Shine upon them and give them peace. 
We pray for all who suffer tonight: those who are sick and those who are dying; for people who are hungry and thirsty; lonely or grieving; for all who struggle with addiction . . .
Shine upon them and give them peace.
We pray for all who work this night, those in hospitals and public service, those serving our country around the globe, those who work in shelters, hotels, and other places of hospitality…
Shine upon them and give them peace. 
We pray for all who suffer tonight: those who are sick and those who are dying; for people who are hungry and thirsty; lonely or grieving; for all who struggle with addiction . . .
Shine upon them and give them peace.
We pray for families and friends who are with us and those far away; for those who are traveling; and for those in our memories who now dwell with you . . .
Shine upon them and give them peace.
  We pray, O God, that through Jesus Christ your
  glory will lighten every darkness; that your peace
  will fill all in all.     
  Conform our prayers to your will, and use us to
  accomplish your purposes, for the sake of Jesus
  Christ.  Amen.     

SPECIAL MUSIC

FIFTH LESSON  Luke 2:1-7

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 
2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. 
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

HYMN – UMH #246 Joy to the World
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.
2 Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let their songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
3 No more let sin and sorrow grow nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.
4 He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

SIXTH LESSON - Luke 2:8-14
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,     and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Hymn - UMH #240 Hark the Herald Angels Sing
1 Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King: peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!" Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies; with the angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!“ Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King"
2 Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, late in time behold him come, offspring of the Virgin's womb: veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity, pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King.
3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die, born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth. 
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King.

Prayer of Illumination
O God, may your light that shines in the darkness of our world illuminate our hearts. Inspire us to sing a song of peace with the heavenly host as we seek the Christ child tonight. Prepare our hearts to behold Jesus, your precious gift, in awe and wonder. Amen. 

 SEVENTH LESSON - Matthew 2:1-11
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 
4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 
8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

Hymn - UMH #239 Silent Night

1 Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.
2 Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing, Alleluia! Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior, is born!
3 Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
4 Silent night, holy night; silent, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light, with the angels sing, sing Alleluia to our King; sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born!

LIGHTING OF CHRISTMAS CANDLES
**As the light is being brought down the aisle, the person on the end should dip the unlit candle into the flame, and then pass the light down the pew, each person tilting the unlit candle into the flame as one bows one’s heart before God to receive the fire of the Holy Spirit.

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
WE HONOR AND REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES
THIS BLESSED CHRISTMAS

  
 POINSETTIAS 2021

 
In Honor Of:                                  Given by:
 
Our Loved Ones                               Murray Family
 Donna & Bill Will                              Debbie Corber
 My Loved Ones                               Ceil Rector
 Grandsons, Family and Friends      The Revere Family
 Lower UMC                                     The Revere Family
 Frances Johnston      Her children, Grandchildren &  Great-Gandchildren
Vicki Hogge                                      With love, the Choir
 Pastor Yosub & Minjung         With love and gratitude  from your Lower Church family
 Benjamin Garner                    With love and gratitude from your Lower Church family
                               
In Memory of:                              Given by:
 
Penka & Hugh Coloff                 Stan & Chyrel Coloff
 Melvin & Helen Nelson             Stan & Chyrel Coloff
 My Beloved Nancy Johnson     David Johnson
 My Family                                 Ceil Rector
 Charlie & Chuck Revere           The Revere Family
 Our Loved Ones                       The Revere Family
 Cliff Tinsley                               Pat Tinsley
 Earl & Gina Soles                     Kevin & Gina Walsh
 Mom & Dad, Eunice & 
 Dolphis Porter and my              Elizabeth Johnson
 Brother, Jerry Porter
 Temple Davis, Ann Davis,          Greg & Terry Rogers
Jaren Davis
Our Captain, Floyd Gene Ward    Helen and the children
Ray Hull                                       Given with love, the Choir
Dangey                                        Sophie, Macon, & Piper
Our Dad, Herbert Johnston          Michael & Helen
My parents, Marvin & Bessie Revere    Arlene Smith
My husband, Garland                   Arlene Smith
My daughter, Kathy                      Arlene Smith
Please pray for:
Allan McNamee
Amber, the  Holland's daughter
Callie Jo Revere
Carolyn Cox
Ed Ruark
Family of Chuck Bennett
Family of Jeff Stanaway
Family of Kenny Grubbs & Mary Ann
Family of Perry Lyons & Susan Thomas
Frankie Bristow
Gail Gillieland
Gail Keefe
Ileana Rosas
Mercedes Boone
Mildred Ailsworth
Mindy Miller
Paul Pearce
People of Kentucky hit by tornadoes
Raymond Benson
Roberta, Judy Evans' neighbor
Ron Sheffield
Shawn Powell
Steve & Rebecca
Tiffany & Larry
Vicki Hogge
William Morris
 
Last week Attendance:   
           80               
Offering:     $7,283.00
 E-giving     $     40.00
 Total          $7,323.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                   $4,135.00
 
Our offerings to date:
                 $193,085.46
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
                 $210,885.00
 
The deadline to make your 2021 charitable tax donation is December 31st.
 
If you are interested in making a stock donation to LUMC for 2021, complete the Gifts of Publicly Traded Stock Form from the below link:
http://vaumfoundation.org/resources/forms

The VAUMC Foundation provides this brokerage service free of charge, by accepting the stock, liquidating it upon receipt, and issuing a check to Lower United Methodist Church.

Please contact our Treasurer, Tom Noffsinger if you have any questions. 
twnoffsinger@gmail.com, 804-815-1423.
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